Maritime History of the Great Lakes
No. 4 (Dredge), sunk, 24 Sep 1905
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Dunkirk, Sept. 25. - Dredge No. 4, belonging to the Lake Erie Dredging Company of Buffalo, foundered in a fierce northwest gale, about three miles off Point Gratiot yesterday afternoon, and now lies at the bottom of the lake in 20 feet of water. When the crew, which was in charge of Capt. George Miller, of Buffalo, saw the hull of the ill-fated dredge filling with water, at the command of Capt. Miller the men jumped into the lake, and after struggling for over five minutes were rescued with life lines, which were thrown out from the tug CASCADE, under the command of Capt. Hartman, also of Buffalo.
The following are the names of the men rescued:
      Capt. George Miller, Edward Welch, Cranesman Newman, William Ashberger, Charles Scott and James Welch, all of Buffalo.
Two of the sailors were unable to swim, and the five other members of the crew had the utmost difficulty to keep them from drowning. After they were pulled aboard the tug, restoratives had to be administered, and it was several minutes before they reviced.
Last Tuesday the tug CASCADE, Capt. Hartman, and TAM O'SHANTER, Capt. Hazel, left Buffalo, having in tow dredge-boat No. 4, and the house boat EASTER, in which the crew lived. Owing to the fierce gale blowing up the lake they were obliged to seek the Dunkirk harbor. Yesterday it was decided to continue the journey as the sea seemed smooth, but the tug and dredge had only got a short distance up the lake when the gale came up and the water soon filled the hull, causing the boat to sink in about 20 minutes. Aside of a slight injury one of the sailors sustained while floating in the water, none of the men were apparently any the worse for the involuntry bath.
The tugs CASCADE and TAM O'SHANTER are moored at the Central avenue docks and will return to Buffalo as soon as the weather permits.
      Dredge No. 4 was owned by Hingston & Woods of Buffalo, and was valued at $20,000. The waves damaged the dredge so badly that the crew say it is exceedingly doubtful if it can again be floated.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, September 25, 1905

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Dunkirk, Aug. 15 -- The wrecking steamer MARY GROH, Capt. George Bowen, with two pontoons, consisting a wrecking outfit belonging to the McMoran Wrecking Company of Port Huron, is here for the purpose of raising the dredge sunken off Point Gratiot last fall.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 15, 1906

After repeated efforts the dredge which sunk off Point Gratiot at Dunkirk last summer was raised and towed into Dunkirk yesterday and will be pumped out there. The dredge is one of the best on the lakes and belongs to the Lake Erie Dredging Company of this city.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 8, 1906
Repairs are being made to the recovered sunken dredge at Dunkirk, which is now afloat and which will be towed to Buffalo Saturday, if the weather is favorable. The wrecking equipment is now engaged in the work of saving the two pontoons that were sunken in a storm last fall. One is buried in sand and practically uninjured, while the other is on a sandbar and is badly broken.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 13, 1906

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.49367 Longitude: -79.35421
William R. McNeil
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No. 4 (Dredge), sunk, 24 Sep 1905